verb (referred; referring) Etymology: Middle English referren, from Anglo-French referer, referir, from Latin referre to bring back, report, refer, from re- + ferre to carry — more at bear Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. (1) to think of, regard, or classify within a general category or group (2) to explain in terms of a general cause b. to allot to a particular place, stage, or period c. to regard as coming from or located in a specific area 2. a. to send or direct for treatment, aid, information, or decision <
refer a patient to a specialist
refer a bill back to a committee
b. to direct for testimony or guaranty as to character or ability intransitive verb 1. a. to have relation or connection ; relate b. to direct attention usually by clear and specific mention <
no one referred to yesterday's quarrel
2. to have recourse ; glance briefly <
referred frequently to his notes while speaking
referable adjectivereferrer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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